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11-09-2019 11:31 AM

Hi all, After I retired, my wife and I got into hitting yard sales. I’d head for anything that looked “toolish”, she’d head for craft stuff. A few weeks ago we hit a moving sale that listed tools and wood. The tools were not much to interest me but I asked the lady about the wood. She smiled and said OH, you mean the mystery wood? My late husband always thought he’d get into woodworking and would bring home odds and ends. They are in the basement. She showed me two hunks of wood. They were too heavy to be soft wood ( one was real heavy) but it was too dark to really see what they were. She asked me, how about $12 each? I took a chance and said sure. On the way out I grabbed a broken piece of birds eye maple for $5. So I get them home, take a good look, and realize I did good. The first hunk is 1 1/2” x 9 1/2 ” x 49 1/2” After I planed a spot clean, it turned out to be really chocolate brown black walnut. The second hunk is 4” x 8” x 45” and after planning a spot off it looks to be mahogany, and from the weight, I’m guessing genuine mahogany. The walnut I’m thinking maybe a small clock or box, but the mahogany I have no idea what to use it for. It seems a shame to cut it down to boards. and I don’t do turning. What would you build with it? I’m stumped, Here’s a couple of pics.

Thanks Jim

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#1 posted 11-09-2019 11:44 AM

I like to say, I’ll know what to make from it when it tells me. One day you will wake up with an idea.

-- Petey

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#2 posted 11-10-2019 12:07 AM

I would hold onto myself until the right project came a long. Nice score.

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#3 posted 11-10-2019 12:23 AM

I would build boxes, of course. Thats some choice wood you scored. Hoorah.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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#4 posted 11-10-2019 02:00 AM

Thanks for the replies. The walnut would make great boxes.
The mahogany, I’m not sure how I would cut that up, I would not want to waste any of it.

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#5 posted 11-10-2019 05:31 AM

I wish I could find things like that where I live. I’d be one seriously happy dude. I’d also be like you, asking what do I make out of these? Honestly, I’d love to have to struggle with that question.

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#6 posted 11-10-2019 06:56 AM

As someone else said, the wood will whisper to you at some point but so will your tools and jigs. Sometimes I’ll bookmark something I like on youtube or some other site and say “I can do that”, or if i had a #### I could do that. As my tool supply grows so do my horizons. That Armoire you made certainly looks like you’re more than able to get the job done, whatever you have.

Someone mentioned using the walnut for a box. One of my recent favorites is a 4 corner grain matched box.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#7 posted 11-12-2019 05:26 AM

The 2 boards could be in a lot of different project. That bigger piece is just screaming bandsaw boxes to me.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 11-12-2019 12:44 PM

The 2 boards could be in a lot of different project. That bigger piece is just screaming bandsaw boxes to me.

- therealSteveN

I’ve never made a bandsaw box. That’s an interesting thought.

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#9 posted 11-12-2019 02:06 PM

You will have succeeded as long as your widow doesn’t end up selling them at a garage sale someday.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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